AN 86-year-old fan of Charles Dickens has completed a marathon with a difference to raise funds for Hospices UK.

Brian Oxberry, a member of the Charles Dickens (Malton) Society, performed A Christmas Carol 100 times over 26.2 days starting on November 23.

He completed it with nine recitals in front of a small and socially-distanced audience at the Friends Meeting House in York shortly before Christmas.

Brian said: “I was a bit worried that my voice might wear out, but if anything it got stronger,”

His performance was filmed by his daughter Bernadette and is available to view at, where you can also order a CD for £5 (profits go to St Leonard’s Hospice) or to donate go to